Foreign Affairs

Here’s When Vladimir Putin Will Be Coming To Hungary

According to Hungarian tabloid blikk.hu, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be visiting the Hungarian capital on 2nd of February for talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin standing on the balcony of the Parliament building in Budapest in February 2015 (photo: MTI)
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin standing on the balcony of the Parliament building in Budapest in February 2015 (photo: MTI)

This will not be the Russian President’s first visit to Budapest; rather it is the continuation of what is slowly becoming an annual series of meetings between the Russian leader and Hungarian Premier. They began in February of 2015, when the Russian President came to Budapest and laid a wreath at the Soviet Soldiers’ cemetery. This was followed by Viktor Orbán’s visit to St. Petersburg last year.

With Putin’s upcoming visit, this string of 3 visits within two years will place Orbán in the unique category of being the European leader to have had the most bilateral talks with the Russian President. In fact, they have met every year in some shape or form since 2009, but until last February it was always Hungary’s Orbán who was the one coming to visit.

via blikk.hu and mno.hu